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Companies bought to enhance training offering

Training, supply and management group Workforce Holdings announced in January that it had acquired the various operating companies comprising outsourcing solutions providers Quyn Outsource Solutions. Workforce has predominantly placed staff in nontechnical positions and adding Quyn to its service... 

Companies on the hunt for mechanised mining skills

By: Kimberley Smuts The increasing use of mechanisation in mines, compounded by the resultant culture change, will affect the type of skills management required by the mining sector in future, University of the Witwatersrand Centre for Mechanised Mining Systems (CMMS) director Dr Declan Vogt tells Mining Weekly. He... 

Companies on the  hunt for mechanised mining skills
DECLAN VOGT The Centre for Mechanised Mining Systems has received a positive response from students regarding the available courses

MetSkill

By: Creamer Media Reporter Process industry training provider MetSkill is actively involved with the development of the new occupational qualifications for the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations under the Mining Qualifications Authority (MQA). Benoni, Gauteng-based MetSkill, 100% owned by MD Rebecca Sands, has... 

Mineworkers empowered

By: Kimberley Smuts If workers in the mining, energy and construction industries want to improve their financial situation, it is important that they take advantage of the financial literacy programmes currently being rolled out by financial assistance provider Mineworkers Investment Trust (MIT), which supports... 

Mineworkers empowered
Photo by Bloomberg
INVESTING FOR THE FUTURE The Mineworkers Investment Trust's financial literacy training started in Mpumalanga as a pilot study in June 2015 with more training expected to take place this year

Need for ongoing skills development emphasised

By: Kimberley Smuts There is a need for continuous skills and training development in the mining industry, especially amid the current financial crisis, says skills and training network provider Alusani. Although the decline in commodities prices has caused companies in the mining industry to significantly decrease... 

Need for ongoing skills development emphasised
TRAINING SUFFERING Despite demand for education, the decline in commodities prices has caused companies to decrease their training budgets

Society aims to integrate more students into mining sector 

By: Kimberley Smuts The University of Witwatersrand's Students Mining Engineering Society (SMES) aims to increase the integration of mining engineering graduates into the mining industry this year, as well as to encourage mining engineering students to have an opinion on mining-related issues in South Africa. SMES... 

Society aims to integrate more students into mining sector
FORTUNE MSIBI Mining engineering students face the challenge of a lack of available jobs in the sector, as a result of South Africa’s financial crisis

Still demand for education in mining

By: Kimberley Smuts There is still demand for mining education, the School of Mining Engineering at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) tells Mining Weekly, noting that this is demonstrated by the increase in first-year admissions from 103 students in 2005 to 234 students in 2015. Wits School of Mining... 

Still demand for education in mining
BEING TAUGHT EFFECTIVELY A range of simulated facilities have been installed at Wits School of Mining to keep abreast of the latest technological advancements

Foundational education still problematic in mining sector

By: Dylan Slater Foundational adult education requirements are a persisting problem, especially in the South African mining sector, says education and training services provider EEE (Triple E) Training Holdings. 

Foundational education still problematic in mining sector
EMPOWERING MINERS Mathematics and communication skills are essential subjects for the mining indsutry

Profile of adult-eduction learners changing substantially

By: Dylan Slater The profile of mining sector learners undergoing adult education and training (AET) tutoring is changing significantly, says Sandton-based AET provider Media Works. 

Profile of adult-eduction learners changing substantially
TEACHING MINERS The profile of learners is changing, with fewer requiring basic levels of adult education and training

Simulation enhances preparation of mining learners

By: Dylan Slater Using simulation facilities, such as mining environment mock-ups, coupled with electronic-learning (e-learning) techniques, holds significant benefits when training mining personnel, says mining services company Murray & Roberts Cementation. Murray & Roberts Cementation risk manager Tony... 

Simulation enhances preparation  of mining learners
Tony Pretorius (far right) instructs trainees at the academy at Bentley Park

Simulation stope aids mining education

A life-size mining stope panel was handed over by mine support technology company New Concept Mining (NCM) to the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) School of Mining Engineering, on March 6, to enable students to learn about stoping activities through a real-to-life visualisation. 

Simulation stope aids  mining education
SAFETY FOCUS The Wits School of Mining Engineering stope simulation facility incorporates electronic monitoring and warning devices, augmenting the school’s focus on digital, remote monitoring technologies to enhance mine safety

Risk management facilitators undergo accreditation process

By: David Oliveira The Global Minerals Industry Risk Management (G-MIRM) accreditation course for G-MIRM facilitators was held in February over four-and-a-half days in Melrose Arch, Johannesburg, facilitated by mining solutions provider JKTech. The G-MIRM programme has four levels. Executives who attend the two-day... 

Risk management facilitators undergo accreditation process
Photo by Duane Daws
IMPARTING KNOWLEDGE Global Minerals Industry Risk Management facilitators Janeen Ferguson, Carl Marx and Terence Parker

Skills development needed for sustainable mining industry

By: David Oliveira For Africa to mitigate the impact of mining activities on its environment and society, urgent skills cultivation is needed to properly manage the industry, argues University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) Centre for Sustainability in Mining and Industry (CSMI) adjunct professor Caroline Digby. She... 

Skills development  needed for sustainable mining industry
CAROLINE DIGBY We need to generate a wider range of crucial skills if mining is to forge a more integrated and positive role in economic growth and sustainable development

WMRI to be relaunched or closed at the end of 2014

By: David Oliveira Senate members of the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) have determined that the current format of the Wits Mining Research Institute (WMRI) is not sustainable, owing to a lack of funding, mine surveying professor and school head at the Wits School of Mining Engineering Professor Fred Cawood... 

WMRI to be relaunched or  closed at the end of 2014
Photo by Duane Daws
PROF. FRED CAWOOD The major determinant of the success of the University of the Witwatersrand’s Mining Research Institute is funding

Engineering student competition contributes towards greener mining

By: Chantelle Kotze Drive technology company SEW Eurodrive and pneumatic solutions provider Pneumax reports that they have officially opened their 2013 PneuDrive Challenge Engineering Design competition. 

Entrepreneurial interns graduate

By: Chantelle Kotze A pilot group of five entrepreneurs graduated from diversified miner Anglo American’s Entrepreneur Internship Programme (EIP) last month. 

Tablet computers could assist with lack of African mine professionals

Tablet computers could be the solution to the lack of locally trained professionals in the African mining industry, says custom training solutions for the mining sector developer The Training Room Online.  

Tertiary institution’s mining student intake rockets

The number of first-year mining students at the School of Mining Engineering at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), in Gauteng, has surpassed all expectations in 2013, reaching record levels that will help solve the industry’s skill shortages. 

The benefits of training with simulation

Modern mining companies understand that introducing high-fidelity simulator systems into the training curriculum is a quick and cost-effective way to significantly improve the skills and, in turn, the productivity of equipment operators, says surface and underground mining simulator developer... 

Training provider focused on growing its business

By: Chantelle Kotze Process industry training provider Metskill, which currently offers a range of Mining Qualifications Authority- (MQA-) accredited process training programmes to an average of 768 learners a year, will launch a laboratory training programme this year.  

Critically minded geologists needed to improve yield of Wits basin

By: Sashnee Moodley There is a significant need to develop critically-minded geologists that are prepared to question the current exploration models to improve the chances of gold discovery in South Africa, notes owner of Australian geology consulting practice Phillipsgold Neil Phillips, who developed the University... 

Management – a skill not to be overlooked in mining

By: Sashnee Moodley Management skills are lacking on mines in South Africa, creating a big gap in the industry, reports management leadership consultancy Louis Allen, which has been serving the Southern African mining industry for the past 45 years. 

Metallurgical specialist educates through symposium

By: Sashnee Moodley Mineral and metallurgical specialists Mintek hosted a successful analytical science symposium at the beginning of this year, as part of its objective to transfer and improve skills in analytical chemistry in the Southern African mining sector, as such services are not given much prominence. 

Training specialist provides mining qualification

By: Sashnee Moodley Education training specialist Triple E Training will, in the next few weeks, start offering employees at selected mines a National Qualifications Framework (NQF) Level 1 General Education and Training Certificate: Mining and Minerals Processes training course. 

University helps set mining students up for success

By: Sashnee Moodley The number of students progressing to second year at the School of Mining Engineering at the University of the Witwatersrand has increased from 40%, two years ago, to 60% for the 2011 academic year, owing to the introduction of a student assistance programme. 

Closing the student intake-to-graduate ratio

By: Natasha Odendaal The University of the Witwatersrand’s (Wits) School of Mining has achieved its aim of increasing the number of first-year intakes for its mining engineering programme and is now focusing on closing the gap between the number of first-year students progressing through the programme and the number... 

College experiences high apprenticeship intake

By: Natasha Odendaal The Colliery Training College (CTC) has experienced the highest apprenticeship intake for the first quarter of the year since the global economic recession and expects a further increase in the second quarter. 

Need to diversify education for SA’s coal industry

By: Natasha Odendaal Currently, little is being done to improve the limited education and skills training in the fields of coal mining, coal production and coal as a source of energy, University of Witwatersrand School of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering professor Rosemary Falcon tells Mining Weekly. 

New centre makes significant progress

By: Natasha Odendaal Blasting solutions company AEL Mining Services’ R2-million skills development centre, in Modderfontein, has trained 978 people in various programmes, courses and assessments since its launch late last year.  

New mining engineering education approach shows promise 

By: Natasha Odendaal The University of Pretoria’s Department of Mining Engineering reports it is currently in the final stage of converting all its undergraduate paper-based mining subjects to instructionally-designed modules. 

Tribology education key – institute

By: Natasha Odendaal Tribology education is key to understanding the cost of nonconformance to tribology practices in, besides others, the mining sector, says the South African Institute of Tribology president John Fitton.  

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